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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Health in Social Science : Counselling Studies

Postgraduate Course: Couple and Relationship Counselling 2 (CNST11054)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an advanced examination of the practice of relationship work and counselling couples, as conceptualised in the dialogue between psychodynamic perspectives and the person-centred approach.
Course description This course provides an advanced examination of the practice of relationship work and counselling couples, as conceptualised in the dialogue between psychodynamic perspectives and the person-centred approach. The course further examines the therapeutic relationship and process when working with couples in relation to specific topics already identified by previous students and counselling practitioners. Topics include: working with couples experiencing a high degree of conflict; assessment and work with domestic abuse and child protection in couples and relationship work; working with couples where a history of sexual abuse is present; an introduction to sex therapy; challenges posed by the internet in relationship counselling; the sex industry and pornography in couples work; agency considerations in working with couples and relationships. A distinctive feature of the course is the inclusion of practice sessions, in which participants have the opportunity to practice the application of their learning in listening triads.

Students are required to draw on their own family and relationship experiences within class sessions. The rationale for and implications of this personal work will be fully explored in the first session.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is available for Visiting Continuing Professional Development students who are qualified or training in counselling or psychotherapy. The normal pre-requisite for this course is successful completion of Couples and Relationships 1
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Respond to specifically challenging situations in couples and relationship work.
  2. Further develop cultural and sociological understandings of contemporary families, intimate partnerships and relationships.
  3. Analyse couples in relationship with reference to issues of difference, diversity and power.
  4. Analyse the main theoretical concepts of couples and relationship counselling within the psychodynamic perspective and the person-centred approach. Evaluate how these theoretical ideas inform the practice of counselling in this field.
  5. Conceptualise and analyse key themes in the practice of counselling couples with reference to the student┐s own practice and personal history.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of this course students should be able to:
1) Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the features of couples and relationships counselling as conceptualised in the dialogue between psychodynamic perspectives and the person-centred approach. This would include insights into working with couples where there is domestic abuse, sexual abuse and/or child protection issues.
2) Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of the internet on couples around dating, the sex industry and pornography.
3) Demonstrate an understanding of assessment in working with couples.
4) Demonstrate a basic understanding of sex therapy.
Additional Class Delivery Information Classes will begin and 6.00pm and end at 9.00pm
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserMr Robert Goupillot
Tel: (0131 6)50 4328
Email: Bob.Goupillot@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Leopoldine Barde
Tel: (0131 6)50 3890
Email: L.Barde@ed.ac.uk
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